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Poster: fenario80 Date: Mar 25, 2008 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

I think the drums getting so big in the 90's was kinda like Phil singing - they were all pulling more weight to compensate for the guitarist's great slide (and, no, I don't mean Bobby Weir on Little Red Rooster).

I can't remember where it's from, but I'm reminded of a quote by Mikhail Gilmore about the last show he saw (and I am no doubt paraphrasing): "He was their leader, but he was also a brother, and when he couldn't lead them anymore they picked him up and carried him." I think that is what those huge 90's drum solos are at least partly about: brotherly love.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

I agree with that statement, though my favorite drums are from 84 when Mikey was fuckin with the xylophone.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

he was f'ing with them long before that. listen to drums from brent's first show.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

Theres a sound that he plays at almost every drums in 84 that I haven't heard from any years prior (possibly fall 83?). Certainly not like anything I have heard from 79, and I have listened to the majority of them. Maybe its not a xylophone? I had no clue what it was but I read a review where someone pointing it out as such, and said Mikey had just gotten the thing thus the reason he was playing it at practically every show.

Anyways I haven't listened to Brent's first show, reviews are pretty bad, but I will check it out.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

How about the Spring 81 shows with the center-stage talking drum solos? Those were pretty special, too. And that thing they had in 1980 that shook the earth. I'm not saying that the earlier-era drum solos weren't great, but I will tend to listen to the later ones because they are generally meatier and more extended.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

Ya pretty much the only thing I listen to post 91 are the drums though Ive never really gotten into space, too much random noodling. Usually just sounds to me like Jerry is warming up instead of trying to play something coherent. But you don't have to take my word for it.

I would love an example of a space that is worth listening to, anyone?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Mar 25, 2008 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Do you always listen to Drums/Space?

well check out 04-18-82 and 04-19-82. They're novelties sure, but worth listening to. Check out the ditty Jerry pulls out just before Phil starts his little rave-up on the 18th, then check out this show's date vis-a-vis the great SF earthquake of 1907 ... The Baltimore-Raven rave is less successful but still pretty amusing.